Pocatello, Idaho minor league baseball teams
|Pocatello Baseball team
(1926–1928, 1939–1942, 1946–1965, 1984–1985, 1987–1991, 1993)
|Minor league affiliations|
|League||Pioneer League (1939–1942, 1946–1965, 1984–1985, 1987–1991, 1993)|
|Utah–Idaho League (1926–1928)|
|Major league affiliations|
|Minor league titles|
|League titles||2 (1942, 1949)|
The Pocatello Bannocks played in the Utah–Idaho League from 1926–1928 but all the teams since then have played in the Pioneer League. The Pocatello Cardinals, an affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals played from 1939–1942 and 1946–1951, skipping the years of World War II. They won two lead titles in 1942 and 1949.
A new version of the Pocatello Bannocks started up in 1952, originally as a St. Louis Browns affiliate for the first two years. In 1957, they changed their name to the Pocatello A's to reflect their new connection to the Kansas City Athletics and then in 1960 to the Pocatello Giants as the San Francisco Giants took over as their affiliate. After another season as the Bannocks in 1961, they changed their name to the Pocatello Chiefs in 1962 and remained under that name till they moved to Ogden, Utah to become the Ogden Dodgers in 1966.
In 1984, baseball returned to Pocatello when the Lethbridge Dodgers relocated as the Pocatello Gems. This was the same team that had left in 1966.
The Pocatello Giants were affiliated with the San Francisco Giants for the 1988 and 1989 seasons; prior affiliation was with the Oakland A's. The home stadium was Halliwell Park, located on Alameda Drive. After the 1989 season the franchise ended their farm team affiliation with the San Francisco Giants. The franchise became an independent/co-op team and was renamed the Gate City Pioneers for the 1990 season; that team featured players from the Montreal Expos and Chicago White Sox farm systems as well as minor league players from the Hiroshima Toyo Carp of the Nippon Professional Baseball. For the 1991 season, the team changed its name to the Pocatello Pioneers. The success of the franchise was hampered by a series of ownership and front office staff changes, including one season where the out-going management and ownership left numerous debts to local businesses. Added to the difficulties for the franchise was a feeling by a vocal group of citizens that Halliwell park should be the domain of the two Pocatello high school baseball teams and the local American Legion team, rather than a professional team run by "outsiders." The last ownership group returned the franchise to Lethbridge, Canada where they became the Lethbridge Mounties.
The town had one more shot with baseball when the Salt Lake City Trappers moved to town as the Pocatello Posse in 1993 but they moved again, to Ogden, Utah to become the Ogden Raptors after the one season.
A new team, the Gate City Grays, was formed in 2014 as part of the Northern Utah League. They were undefeated in their first regular season and won the NUL championship in their second season. The Grays are a semiprofessional baseball team not associated with the MLB. Games are played at Halliwell Park.
Hall of Fame Alumni
- Tommy Lasorda (1965 MGR) MLB MGR: 2 x World Series Champions - Los Angeles Dodgers (1981, 1988); Inducted: Baseball Hall of Fame (1997)
Notable MLB Alumni
- Corey Lidle (1993) Died Age 34
- Pat Rapp (1989)
- Jack Hiatt (1988, MGR)
- Rafael Landestoy (1987, MGR)
- Walt Weiss (1985) MLB AS; MLB MGR: Colorado Rockies 1988 AL Rookie of the Year
- Greg Goossen (1964)
- Bill Sudakis (1964)
- Jim Strickland (1964–65)
- John Boccabella (1963)
- Fred Wenz (1961–62)
- Mike McCormick (1960, MGR) 1940 WS Champion
- Chico Salmon (1960) 1970 WS Champion
- Tommy Giordano (1959, MGR) MLB Player; MLB Scout: Drafted Cal Ripken Jr.
- John O'Donoghue (1959) MLB AS
- Diego Segui (1959) 1970 AL ERA leader
- Dan Pfister (1958)
- Lou Klimchock (1958) 12 MLB Seasons
- Alex George (1958) MLB Debut-Age 16
- Norm Bass (1958) 2-Sport Athlete: MLB (1961-63); Denver Broncos AFL (1964)
- Joe Lutz (1956, Player/MGR) First American MGR in Japanese League
- Lou Stringer (1956, Player/MGR) MLB; World War II USAAF
- Frank Lucchesi (1955, Player/MGR) MLB MGR: Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers, Chicago Cubs
- Hersh Martin (1953, Player/MGR) MLB AS
- Willie Tasby (1952)
- Larry Jackson (1951) 5 x MLB AS; 194 Career Wins; 1964 NL Wins Leader
- Dick Rand (1950)
- John Romonosky (1950)
- Bob Mahoney (1948)
- Solly Hemus (1946) MGR: St. Louis Cardinals (1959–1961) 1952 Runs Scored Leader (105)
- Bill Brenzel (1946)
- Nick Cullop (1942)
- Ed Chandler (1941) WW II and MLB
- Bill DeLancey (1941, MGR)
- Eddie Malone (1939)
- Jim Mosolf (1928)
- Wally Berger (1927) 4 x MLB AS; 1935 NL RBI Leader; 1935 NL HR Leader
- Woody Jensen (1927–28) 203 Hits, 1935
- Bruce Cunningham (1926)
- Doug Taitt (1926)